Newry 1XI 3 -  Mossley 1XI 2

Newry hosted league high flyers Mossley on Friday evening in their latest Premier League fixture. The home side started brightly forcing a number of short corners early on but were unable to take advantage. It was the visitors who took the lead making the most of a mistake in the Newry defence to pile forward and take the lead with 10 minutes gone. Newry however fought back and did eventually make the most of one of their shorts with Kris Fletcher firing low and hard into the net from the left side of the circle.

Mossley regained the lead when they flew forward on the counter and beat McGivern in nets at the front post. Newry would have to go again to get back on level terms and just before the break they managed to do just that when Colin McKnights initial shot was saved by the keeper only to fall to John Taylor who slotted home.

Mossley pressed higher in the second half as they went in search of their third, they started to have more possession but could not convert this to goals as they didn’t have any chances of note. Colin McKnight will feel he should have put his team in the lead when he picked the ball up on the right and drove into the circle, his reverse stick shot was saved by the keeper but looped up and came back McKnight, his 2nd attempt was cleared off the line by the defender. As the game wore on Newry were reduced to ten men when Keith McWilliams was shown a red card with ten minutes remaining. Mossley came close with a short corner shortly after but McGivern saved well to his left to keep them at bay. Newry were still dangerous on the counter and with 8 minutes remaining Nigel Davenport picked the ball up on the left and produced a sublime defence splitting ball with the perfect weight for Taylor to run on to and deflect home. Newry held on for a hard fought and earned victory.

Team: R. McGivern, C. Henning, S. Megaw, J. Greer, C. McKnight, R. Simms, N. McKnight, N. Davenport, K. McWilliams, J. Taylor, K. Fletcher, A. Baird, P. Gonzalez, K. McCombe, R. Irwin

South Antrim 1 Newry Men’s Seconds 4

The Seconds cruised into the Junior 3 League Cup Final with a comprehensive win away to table toppers South Antrim on Saturday.

A double from Simon McCafferty, plus further goals from Josh Porter and Davy Hogg saw the visitors ease their way to victory in Lisburn with three early goals essentially putting the tie to bed before half-time.

The opened their account in the opening five minutes when Jonny McWilliams played in McCafferty and he laid the ball off to Porter who fired home form the left hand side of the circle.

They doubled their advantage when McCafferty turned from provider to scorer as he produced a clever deflection to guide Keith McWilliams’ ball past the home keeper.

While Newry were utterly dominant throughout the first period, South Antrim did try and break on the counter attack and they managed to force a few short corners that were dealt with superbly by the runners of Porter and Eddie Graham, whilst goalkeeper Ashley Collum cleared everything that came into his path.

Newry soon made it three to confirm their superiority when Keith McWilliams combined with McCafferty again for the latter to slot home at the back post.

They got their fourth early in the second period when a move that originated in their own third saw Newry sweep the length of the pitch. Porter found Hogg and he did the rest with a powerful run and finish from the tight angle on the left.

At 4-0 in front, the Seconds took their foot off the gas slightly and that allowed South Antrim to score a scrappy consolation goal.

But the day belonged to the visitors as they made their fourth final in as many years where they will play Mossley at Stormont, with the date between Christmas and New Year to be confirmed.

Team: A Collum, G McCullough, J Lawson, E Graham, A Patterson, A Mark, D Hogg, J Porter, S McCafferty, J McWilliams, S Graham, G Alderdice, K McWilliams, J Niblock, A Foster


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